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Ventricular Septal Defect (cont.)

Medications

  • Vasodilators: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers are used to decrease the work load on the left ventricle.
  • Digoxin (Lanoxin) increases the strength of the heart muscle to deal with the greater blood volume.
  • Diuretics such as Lasix (furosemide) or spironolactone help remove excess fluid from the body so the heart doesn't have to work as hard and the patient feels much better.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2014
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